If there’s one thing I’m sure of at the BUST office, it’s that everyone here loves cats. We might have found our rival, though: a man by the name of Louis Wain. Wain, an extremely successful freelance illustrator throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, gained his reputation with hundreds of humorous cat illustrations. He was even the President of the National Cat Club, according to the Henry Boxer Gallery.  Inspired by his ... Read More
Timeless Seasons is a new shopping network that has all of the products you could ever dream up: powerful pepper grinders, convenient teeth whiteners, portable entertainment systems, and more! Except the grinder makes flatulence sounds when you twist it, the whiteners kind of turn you into a zombie, and the entertainment tablet causes high-pitched interferences. In fact, it isn’t a shopping network at all. Timeless Seasons is a comedy trio of three funny ... Read More
Brooklyn based quintet Friends are set to release their debut album, Manifest!, on Fat Possum Records June 5th, just in time for the summer. Brimming with tropical pop rhythms and percussive tribal beats, this album is perfect for hot rooftop parties and beach side dances the gals of Blue Hawaii would be jealous of. The album opens with the explosive and catchy “Friend Crush,” full of rippling synth lines and reverb-laden vocals reminiscent of Karen O ... Read More
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a bit of a Nancy Drew nerd. When I was little, I would usually read one book from the series a day, curling up underneath my covers until the late hours of the night with my flashlight in hand, so my parents wouldn’t know I was still awake, finishing the remaining chapters. I eventually started creating my own “spy gear,” sneaking around the house (unsuccessfully), attempting to find a mystery to solve. ... Read More
I’m convinced that the French band Ödland is made of pure magic. Comprised of members Alizée Bingöllü, Lorenzo Papace, Lea Bingöllü, and Isabelle Royet-Journoud, their sound is at times ethereal and haunting--conjuring up images of ghosts and fairies in foggy fields--and at other times childlike and playful, reminiscent of hopscotch and make-believe. With the use of a variety of instruments, including the musical saw and ... Read More
    Dear BUST blog readers who either live in Paris or are currently visiting: I am extremely envious of you! As if I needed another reason to dream about flying over to the lovely land of France, I just read on one of my favorite go-to art blogs, BOOOOOOOM, about an incredible gallery opening. Sure, New York is nice and well, but it’s gloomy and rainy today and the idea of walking along cobblestone roads with some fresh bread in hand on my way to ... Read More
  Adapted from an old parlor game by the Surrealist artist movement in the 1920s, Exquisite Corpse is a method of collaborative image or word collection. The method, indicative of the movement’s purpose to express the real functioning of thought, features unusual juxtaposition and the element of surprise. Sort of like round-robin, but without the whole anarchy thing, a group gathers together and one person begins either drawing, collaging, or writing ... Read More
During sweaty-and-disgusting New York summers, all I want to wear is a bathing suit and flip flops. But these ladies, photographed in Rockefeller Center in 1944, offer up a viable and glamorous alternative. Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt (who shot that picture of a sailor dipping his dame for a kiss in Times Square on V-J Day) for LIFE magazine, this series entitled “Beautiful Girls in New York” is a killer documentation of vintage NYC street ... Read More
Need the perfect present for the pal that has everything? Already bought them that side table that doubles as a dog cage from SkyMall for their last birthday? Try giving them a tape with your original song poem! According to the now-defunct site Altered Zones (R.I.P.), song poetry has been around since at least the 1940s. Song poems gave average folks an opportunity to have their poems/lyrics made into real (but not always real good) songs by modern musicians, ... Read More
American artist and filmmaker, Cindy Sherman has been creating works that comment on both social and sexual roles and stereotypes since the 1970s. One of her earlier and best-known photographic works, Untitled Film Stills (1977–80), portrays women in their socially assigned roles and presents the potential danger and instability of these constructs. Her work in film includes a short animation, Doll Clothes (1975), in which a doll cutout of the artist (unlike ... Read More
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